Friday, March 22, 2013

A pile of vintage linen

I'm a bit of a fan of vintage linen, especially floral sheets and pillowcases, so I'm always on the look out for it at op shops. My first project for this blog brings much of this collection together to make a beautiful little skirt for my daughter Juliet.

I started off with this pile. 3 pillowcases, 2 sheets and one doona cover.

I decided to make a shirt with both an over and underskirt, so my first step was to cut 8 panels to make the gores for the 2 skirt pieces. I used 4 different fabrics (sheets) for the underskirt and 2 different fabrics for the overskirt. The overskirt is a little bit fuller and shorter than the underskirt.

Here are all of my cut out jigsaw pieces.

All the panels were then sewn together, and I added some elastic gathering along the length of each panel on the overskirt, by sewing elastic lines along the length of the skirt that were about 1/4 shorter than the skirt fabric.

Here are the 2 skirts, with a little bit of lace and ric rac added to one seam.

And my completed skirt with a yolk (pillowcase) and simple elastic waistband. Of course I couldn't resist adding a great big reclaimed button.


  1. Goody!!! Glad to see you back creating again...and so soon, too.

    I absolutely LOVE that skirt, it's adorable. And of course Miss Juliet looks so cute in it...I think she knows that, too!!


  2. that's gorgeous! love it! :) lisa

  3. I love this! The fabrics are beautiful and the skirt is adorable. I would have loved this as a child.

    I host a refashion link party every Friday and would love for you to join us sometime!

  4. I love this refashion, very inspiring :)
    And I always use sheet and pillowcases too!

    1. Thanks. There are so many lovely old sheets and pillowcases. Shame not to let them be seen.

  5. Love how the skirt turned out. What a lovely way to turn some vintage linens. She looks adorable as well. :)